The  Roundtable on Wellbeing in the North of Tyne is calling for evidence to understand how the region can put wellbeing at the heart of the recovery from the pandemic.

The partnership between the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) and Carnegie UK Trust brings together experts and local policy makers and practitioners to think about recovery ‘in the round’ recognising that COVID-19 is a social, health and economic crisis. The call for evidence, which opened on 26 May and runs until 16 July, is an invitation to individuals and organisations across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle to join in the conversation about what the most important issues are now for the North of Tyne and what kind of recovery they want from COVID-19.

The Roundtable is co-chaired by Sarah McMillan, Assistant Director of Policy, Northumberland County Council and Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE, Carnegie UK Trust Trustee/Newcastle University. It  will explore whether wellbeing can help frame the recovery, what needs to be prioritised, and what data is available to chart progress towards these outcomes. The findings of the Roundtable will be shared with NTCA’s Cabinet in the Autumn for consideration.

Launching the Roundtable, Professor Shucksmith said: “A focus on wellbeing encompasses all aspects of our lives – social, economic, environmental, health, inequality, participation and voice – rather than using narrow indicators such as GDP. We want to begin by hearing what matters most to people and communities in the North of Tyne so that their priorities guide decision making across all policy areas.”

Sarah McMillan, Co-Chair of the Roundtable, added: “Our call for evidence is an invitation to individuals and organisations to join in the conversation about what kind of recovery we want from COVID-19. How can we come together to address not just the challenges of the pandemic, but the deep-rooted issues that have affected our communities for decades.”

Go to Roundtable on Wellbeing for more information about this initiative.